Woodside enters FEED on H2 project

Article by Amanda Jasi

WOODSIDE has entered into front-end engineering design on its H2OK project, after awarding a contract for FEED services to KBR for the proposed hydrogen project in Oklahoma, US.

The facility would initially be constructed at 290 MW, producing up to 90 t/d of liquid hydrogen via electrolysis. There is the potential for later expansion up to 550 MW, producing 180 t/d of hydrogen.

H2OK is intended to serve the heavy transport sector and will be located in a strategic transport and supply chain corridor with the potential for customers to adopt hydrogen for a range of uses. These include heavy-duty trucks; warehouse forklifts; heavy-duty equipment; ground support equipment; and fuel cell microgrids for warehouses, and datacentres.

Woodside intends for H2OK to be net zero, sourcing power from Oklahoma’s existing network, a large portion of which is wind powered. Renewable Energy Certificates will be used to abate any remaining emissions. Renewable Energy Certificates are tradeable, market-based instruments that certify the bearer owns one MWh of electricity generated from a renewable energy resource.

The project will be in Westport Industrial Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Woodside aims to reach a final investment decision on the project in the second half of 2022, followed by first liquid hydrogen production in 2025.

Meg O’Neill, CEO of Woodside, said: “Coupled with our recently announced target to invest US$5bn in new energy products and lower carbon services by 2030, this FEED entry supports Woodside’s strategy to thrive through the energy transition.”

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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